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post #11 of 13 Old 05-23-2017, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you all for the lovely advice!
Today I went out with all the halters and lead ropes, and they both ran right up to me??
I haltered the alpha, who is typically easier anyway, and held her by the lead rope. I grabbed a brush and gave her a light brushing, and the other came over and acted sort of jealous. So I slid a halter on her, and gave her a brushing, too! I kept it quick, was only out there for about 15 minutes alternating brushing between the 2. Then I pulled off both halters, fed a couple treats, and walked off. They followed me all the way to the gate, even though I was carrying all the jingling halters and ropes.
I'm really happy with how this is going - I was scared it was going to be another 2 hours in the pasture today!

I'm assuming I just keep going out there, alternating between brushing, catch and release, and actually working them? I seem to remember reading something like that, but can't find the article anywhere now!
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post #12 of 13 Old 05-23-2017, 08:58 PM
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YAY!!!! What a pleasant surprise for you!:)

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I'm assuming I just keep going out there, alternating between brushing, catch and release, and actually working them? I seem to remember reading something like that, but can't find the article anywhere now!
Yes.:)

Please keep updating. There is a Members Journal section, if you care to start a journal:)

I am wishing you the best of luck with the horses although it sounds as if you're already off to a great start. Sometimes things progress quickly and sometimes they take awhile.

Another forum member brought up "demeanor" on another training issue thread. The more confident and positive demeNor you have, the faster you will progress:)

Approaching the horse with a strong sense of positive expectation gets a person further, faster. There will always be hiccups because horses are prey animals and don't have logic but the person with a confident demeanor will get "there" quicker; whatever "there" is regarding training:)
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I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.
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post #13 of 13 Old 05-24-2017, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you!
Things have been going great! Since they're pretty much in my backyard, I peek out at them a few times a day. Mostly just to walk across my field to the mailbox, or take a stroll to the barn. I always have the jingling halters and lead ropes with me, but the horses have been coming right to me. It seems all I needed was that one really chase long day, and now they're completely different.
I'm going to take them individually for a short lead walk outside the pasture either tomorrow or the next day - It should be fun to see how they handle the separation.
I might start a journal, it could be interesting!


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